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Concussion (young athletes) cdc poster

  1. 1. CONCUSSION A Must Read for Young Athletes Let’s Take Brain Injuries Out of Play concussion facts concussion syMptoMs Why shouLD i RepoRt My syMptoMs? • A concussion is a brain injury that affects • Concussion symptoms differ with each how your brain works. person and with each injury, and may not • Unlike with some other injuries, playing be noticeable for hours or days. Common or practicing with concussion symptoms • A concussion is caused by a blow to the symptoms include: is dangerous and can lead to a longer head or body: recovery and a delay in your return • Headache • Nausea or vomiting • from contact with • being hit by a piece to play. another player, of equipment such • Confusion • Bothered by light • While your brain is still healing, you are hitting a hard surface as a lacrosse stick, • Difficulty or noise much more likely to have another such as the ground, hockey puck, or field remembering or • Double or blurry concussion. Repeat concussions can ice, or court, or hockey ball. paying attention vision increase the time it takes for you to recover • Balance problems • Slowed reaction and the likelihood of long term problems. • A concussion can happen even if you haven’t or dizziness time been knocked unconscious. • In rare cases, repeat concussions in young • Feeling sluggish, • Sleep problems athletes can result in brain swelling or • If you think you have a concussion, you hazy, foggy, or • Loss of permanent damage to your brain. They should not return to play on the day of the groggy consciousness can even be fatal. injury and until a health care professional • Feeling irritable, says you are OK to return to play. more emotional, or “down” During recovery, exercising or activities that involve *For more information about concussion and other types of traumatic brain injuries, go to a lot of concentration (such as studying, working on the computer, or playing video games) may cause concussion symptoms to reappear or get worse. A part of CDC’s Heads Up series What Should I Do if I Think I Have a Concussion? Don’t hiDe it, Ignoring your symptoms and trying to “tough it out” often makes symptoms worse. Tell your coach, parent, and RepoRt it. athletic trainer if you think you or one of your teammates may have a concussion. Don’t let anyone pressure you into continuing to practice or play with a concussion. get checkeD out. Only a health care professional can tell if you have a concussion and when it’s OK to return to play. Sports have injury timeouts and player substitutions so that you can get checked out and the team can perform at its best. The sooner you get checked out, the sooner you may be able to safely return to play. take caRe of A concussion can affect your ability to do schoolwork and other activities. Most athletes with a concussion get youR bRain. better and return to sports, but it is important to rest and give your brain time to heal. A repeat concussion that occurs while your brain is still healing can cause long-term problems that may change your life forever. All concussions are serious. Don’t hide it, report it. Take time to recover. It’s better to miss one game than the whole season.Photo © Tom Zikas